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How Upgrades to Distributed Wi-Fi Infrastructure Impacts IoT Technologies

Distributed or mesh Wi-Fi has the ability to transform a house full of devices from loading screens to streaming and connecting flawlessly.
By Cees Links

It doesn't end there. Distributed Wi-Fi provides capacity, and high-speed connectivity everywhere in the home. The secret to success is to use RF front-ends (RFFEs), with the right filtering and power amplification technology to avoid interference, while maximizing output power and range.

Wi-Fi mesh will also impact IoT technologies in a positive way, and will be fully part of the smart-home infrastructure. Imagine having one discrete "pod" or device in every room, like Alexa or another voice assistant. Thanks to this new architecture, these pods can also be used as a relay system for other IoT technologies, such as Zigbee, Thread or Bluetooth. A simplified architecture allows IoT technologies to expand everywhere, while boosting the use of voice interaction and control. These pods must be low-power, energyefficient, small and discrete to be successful.

Each technology would then have its own purpose: Wi-Fi for content indoors (internet, emails, videos), Zigbee for the indoor sense and control network (energy management, security), and Bluetooth for connecting devices and personal appliances (like a smart watch), all supported by one infrastructure. Users will end up having no idea what technology they are using to reach the internet—it will just work!

And isn't this what everyone wants? Distributed or mesh Wi-Fi has the ability to transform a house full of devices from loading screens to streaming and connecting flawlessly. With the imminent future of many IoT devices within everyone's home, this is exactly the Wi-Fi solution we need to increase data rates, range and capacity.

Cees Links was the founder and CEO of GreenPeak Technologies, which is now part of Qorvo. Under his responsibility, the first wireless LANs were developed, ultimately becoming household technology integrated into PCs and notebooks. He also pioneered the development of access points, home networking routers, and hotspot base stations. He was involved in the establishment of the IEEE 802.11 standardization committee and the Wi-Fi Alliance. He was also instrumental in establishing the IEEE 802.15 standardization committee to become the basis for the Zigbee sense and control networking. Since GreenPeak was acquired by Qorvo, Cees has become the general manager of the Wireless Connectivity Business Unit in Qorvo. For more information, please visit www.qorvo.com.

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